Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Bill

    Good trigger control for every shooter. I assume he is mentoring a new generation.

  • http://pervasivelight.com/blog/ dave

    I’d assume not in Japan but, any idea where they’re shooting at?

  • Jusuchin (MilOtaku)

    I guess he is. The Japanese shooter I guess is a rare animal. He’s probably trying to de-anime and de-media the gun to the young guy. Giving him tips and giving him the general mindset.

    Or both already have that, and are just doing drills for fun and to show that old dogs still know what to do.

  • Meltron

    The Japanese makes everything so much cooler!

  • SonOfTheGriz

    I would LOVE to train with him… very very very crisp!

  • Ian J

    Brave videographer.

  • ZomBkiller

    The camera man had to stand directly in front of the shooters? Yikes.

  • Dave

    Apparently gun safety doesn’t enter into these drills. Although his finger came off the trigger between shots, the fact that the barrel swept passed two photographers numerous times during the process was unconscionable!This guy would never be allowed on my range! Not even with just a camera.

  • Jezer

    A modern day samurai :D, he does a very good job of not sweeping the camera man when going from left to right. Was he former military or police?

  • Dru

    Looks like he’s got some cool photos on his blog; too bad I can’t read any Japanese!

  • http://www.therangeofficersblog.blogspot.com/ WPZ

    I’ve been a photog, and a fairly dedicated one at that, but…
    There’s no way I’d be getting downrange of an AR muzzle.
    Maybe Art must be served, but I hate noise.
    And mess.

  • Jezer

    Hey maybe airsoft helps with these guys :D. I don’t know how restricted japan is with guns, but from playing Metal Gear Solid 4, all the CQB animations and body positions when bringing up a rifle or handgun are pretty much the same as real life. I guess they like to do their homework…

  • Squidpuppy

    There are shooting clubs in Japan, it’s just that they’re so extremely exclusive, they might as well not exist. Japanese shooter numbers have been steadily increasing over the years, with most going to South Korea, Guam, Hawaii, and the Philippines to shoot. They’re quite catered to in these locales. Hard to tell where this was taken.

  • jdun1911

    Well first off Ichiro Nagata is an American citizen. Been for a while. He live in Texas. He started shooting long before most of you were born. He also been in competition longer then most of you were alive.

    In Japan the only firearm you can own other than grandfather are shotguns for hunting. And that require a lot of paper works.

    Most of you might have seen his work. He is a photographer for many gun magazines. Been doing that for a long time. His is considered one of the greatest if not the greatest firearm photographer of all time. He is very well known in the competition and firearm community. Been interviewed numerous times in NRA and other gun magazines. He is the editor and photographer for Combat Magazine the last time I checked.

    http://www.tactical-life.com/online/exclusives/interview-with-ichiro-nagata/
    http://www.novaksights.com/devel_by_ichiro_nagata.htm

    He did not break the four cardinal safety rules.

    I believe the video took place in his ranch in Texas. I am not sure if the people were family members that came from Japan for a visits or a TV/magazine crew that wanted to interview him from Japan.

    I am not sure if he owns or a partner of CSAT.

    I find it interesting that for a grandpa he still have extraordinary quickness.

    http://www.ichironagata.com/blog/2009/10/30/WCOX8552%E9%A6%96%E3%82%B1%E3%83%B3.jpg
    http://www.ichironagata.com/

  • subase

    Japanese is such a nice language, makes everything sound nicer.

  • Clint1911

    I don’t think this is point shooting. In the handgun drills you can see the people are use a flash sight picture. Even the rifle work involved scopes, when you could see them.

    And no photographers wee “muzzled” in the video clip. In fact, it looks like everyone was well drilled in dropping the muzzle straight drop when doing transitions from left to right.

  • Carl

    I didn’t see any safety violations. Very professional gun handling by all involved.

    I don’t have a problem with people standing in front of a responsible shooter who strictly obeys the saftety rules.

    I would have a problem standing in front of a frikkin’ retard who keeps fingering the trigger and has no clue about where his muzzle is pointing though. In fact I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near them.

    Japan seems to have an IPSC division. Is this just for soft-air then?

  • jdun1911

    The video was not all point shooting as he did use his optic. Notice his transition from point shooting to optic in a very smooth and fast way. Notice where his rifle placement and where his eye is focus on when he was doing point shooting.

    Ichiro Nagata is an American citizen and the video took place in Texas. Probably at his ranch.

  • http://www.pervasivelight.com/blog dave

    Ichiro Nagata is an American citizen and the video took place in Texas. Probably at his ranch

    God bless Texas.

  • DavidR

    At 1:34 was the one and only *potential* muzzle sweep of the camera man. Maybe maybe not since it’s difficult to judge distance.

    I would agree that the overall gun handling was very impressive and much more professional than a lot of American shooters I’ve witnessed.

  • Massoud

    Great video, but hard to understand. I don’t speak a word of Spanish.

  • altoids

    That very cool – I’ve never seen training done this way. Here’s a quick translation.

    (0:12) 0.42 seconds. Try aiming for the head. 0.40~0.42 seconds is good, over 1 second is slow, the enemy will react and fire.
    (0:38) 0.48 seconds.
    (0:47) 0.46 seconds. Try for the small target with “instant” (point) technique, just for fun, with the same speed as before. See how close you can get.
    (1:06) That was close, but the time was 0.69 seconds. Now try looking through sights.
    (1:19) 1.15 seconds. Try for under 1 second.
    (1:28) Good, one second.
    (2:14) Target 3. (Takes the shot) 0.39 seconds. Good, below 0.4 seconds.
    (2:29) Target 2. (Takes the shot) 0.38 seconds.
    (2:40) Don’t lift up your arms, just go “SPA…” and straight out. Any wasted movement and breaking 0.4 seconds will be difficult.

    And just because it has to be said, he looks like Old Snake from MGS4.

  • KP

    I want to shoot with that guy. His technique is neat. Also his mustache is badass and he needs to know that. :D

  • Jezer

    Its a tactical ‘stach made out of kevlar, just like chris costa. He probably has another M4 under it lol.

  • zach

    Massoud I really hope you were being sarcastic.

  • Jesse

    All I can think is how much he looks like old Solid Snake.

  • Matthew S.

    He’s got that Old World hardass-ness. Zen-like form.

  • Al T.

    “Zen-like form”

    And piss poor scanning and movement techniques. Good for games though..

  • Edward

    Unfortunately while I don’t know too much Japanese, I can confirm/second altoids’ translation of the given times on the shots as correct.

    For the first two students on the pistol, it was 0.43 for the first one (with the mustache), 0.45 for the other one (camera guy?), and the third student (who’d been on the AR-15) did not have a mentioned time.

  • fwd

    Just found this blog. Sorry for the very late response, but in case anyone is still interested…

    He says “instinct,” not “instant,” at around 47 sec, meaning you can’t shoot without the scope, because the target is too small (“chiisai kara ne”).

    What’s fascinating to me is that the way he describes raising the gun and not your arms is the way kendo or iaido instructors in Japan describe cutting motions with the sword. What’s translated as “SPA” above roughly means “swift motion, swift stop, with no wasted/superfluous movement.”

    Does anyone know where his ranch is in Texas?

    • Nanci

      His Ranch is in Northern California…

  • Sigster

    For his age he rock n rolls.

  • Zach

    I’ve never seen the rifle held sideways before. What’s up with that? Not judging, just curious.